The Bible’s answer
- No specific date for Jesus’ birth is given in the Bible, and the Bible does not state that Christians should commemorate his birth on this day.
- According to McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia, ″the celebration of Christmas is neither the result of heavenly appointment, nor is it the result of NTorigin.″ Instead, a look at the history of Christmas reveals that it has its roots in pagan religious ceremonies and celebrations.
- In Exodus 32:5-7, the Bible demonstrates that we insult God when we attempt to worship him in a manner that is not approved by him.
History of Christmas customs
- It was customary for the early Christians not to celebrate Jesus’ birthday since they regarded it to be a heathen practice. In accordance with the World Book Encyclopedia.
- December 25: There is no evidence that Jesus was born on that particular day.
- Gift-giving, eating, and partying: According to the Encyclopedia Americana, Saturnalia, a Roman holiday observed in mid-December, ″served as a model for many of the merry-making traditions associated with Christmas.″ For example, the sumptuous meal, the gifting of presents, and the lighting of candles were all drawn from this event.″ During Saturnalia, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, ″all labor and business were halted.″
- Christmas lights: According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decked their halls ″with lights and evergreens of all kinds″ to commemorate the winter solstice and ward off evil spirits. Mistletoe and holly: ″The Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular,″ according to the Encyclopedia of Religion. ″The evergreen holly was revered as a sign of the sun’s return,″ says the author. —The Encyclopedia Americana
- Christmas tree: ″Tree worship, which was widespread among pagan Europeans, endured after their conversion to Christianity,″ says the Encyclopedia Americana. ″Placing a Yule tree at an entryway or inside the house during the mid-winter holidays″ is one of the ways in which tree worship has maintained over time. —From the Encyclopedia Britannica.
The Bible’s answer
- According to these reference books, the Bible does not provide a definite date for the birth of Jesus Christ, indicating that ″the real birth date of Christ is uncertain.″ —From the New Catholic Encyclopedia. According to the Bible, ″the exact day of Christ’s birth remains unknown.″ Early Christian Encyclopedia
- Encyclopedia of Early Christianity
While the Bible does not explicitly answer the question, ″When was Jesus born?″ it does relate two incidents that occurred around his birth that have led many to believe that he was not born on December 25, as is commonly believed.
Not in winter
- The registration process. Caesar Augustus issued an edict shortly before Jesus’ birth, mandating ″the registration of all the inhabited world.″ This occurred shortly before the birth of Jesus. To register, everyone had to go to ″his own city,″ which may take a week or more if they were not already there. (See Luke 2:1-3 for more information.) That decree, which was most likely issued to support taxes and military conscription, would have been unpleasant at any time of year, but it seems doubtful that Augustus would have irritated his countrymen any more by requiring many of them to travel vast distances during the frigid winter months. The sheep, of course. Shepherds ″were forced to live outside and maintain watch over their flocks at all hours of the day and night.″ (See Luke 2:8 for further information.) According to the book Daily Life in the Time of Jesus, flocks were forced to dwell in the open air from ″the week before the Passover″ to the middle of October. This is followed by the statement, ″They spent the winter under cover
- therefore from this alone it may be concluded that the conventional date for Christmas, which occurs in the winter, is unlikely to be correct, since the Gospel states that the shepherds were in the fields.″
In early fall
We can determine the date of Jesus’ birth by counting backward from his death on Nisan 14, which occurred in the spring of the year 33 C.E., which occurred on Passover (John 19:14-16) According to Luke 3:23, Jesus was around 30 years old when he began his three-and-a-half-year ministry, which means he was born in the early fall of 2 B.C.E.
Why is Christmas on December 25?
- Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25 since there is no proof that Jesus Christ was born on that day?
- What is the significance of this day in the Christian calendar?
- According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, church officials most likely picked the date ″to correspond with the pagan Roman celebration celebrating the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun,’″ which occurred around the time of the winter solstice.
- Numerous experts, according to The Encyclopedia Americana, feel that this was done ″in order to make Christianity more significant to pagans who had become Christians.″
The Date of Jesus’ Birth – No Bible Evidence that it was December 25
|Was the date of Jesus’ birth really December 25 or was it at another time of year? What does the Bible say? Shouldn’t it be consulted on such a question? Most people are happy to celebrate Christmas on December 25 and really don’t care if that was the correct date or not. But think of it: would you, for instance, go to your spouse and say ″happy anniversary″ months from your true anniversary date? Doesn’t it make sense to observe an anniversary on the anniversary? So when was Jesus born? Let’s take a look in the Word for answers. Please note that this study is also available as a downloadable ebook The Date of Jesus’ Birth (PDF-format, 951 kb). Feel free to download it and share it with others. The Date of Jesus’ Birth According to the Word of God The Bible actually does not give the date as directly as we might like. However, by piecing together a number of clues we can come close to establishing the correct date of Jesus’ birth. The Date of Jesus’ Birth and the Shepherds The first clue concerns the reference to the shepherds to whom the birth was announced: ″And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.″ (Luke 2:8) The word ″abiding″ (the NKJV has ″living″) indicates that they were staying out with their flocks day and night which they did in that area when the weather was suitable. However, in winter, it is cold there and they can get heavy rains and even snow in the hills around Bethlehem. This just tells us that it was likely not in the winter months or before the rains of April were done. So, from our first clue, it would be reasonable to say it was sometime from May through October and some months can be eliminated: Let’s see if we can get closer. To do that, we will have to look at the Hebrew calendar in relation to scripture and then relate that to our calendar. The Date of Jesus’ Birth Relative to John the Baptist’s Birth Jesus was born several months after John the Baptist to whom he was related and there are some Biblical clues related to John’s birth that can help us sort out the timing. ″There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.″ (Luke 1:5) Zacharias was a priest who became the father of John the Baptist. We are told when the various courses of the priests were assigned to serve in the temple. The various groupings (by family) of the priests were divided by lot into terms of service during the year: ″The seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth (lot) to Abijah,″ (1 Chron 24:10) ″These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.″ (1 Chron 24:19) Note that ″Abia″ and ″Abijah″ are just variations in spelling. Assuming approximately 2 courses per month (there were 24 in total as described in 1 Chronicles chapter 24), the eighth course would be from about the middle to the end of the fourth month. That would put his service in about July-August as the first month in the Hebrew religious calendar was (and is) Nisan about the beginning of spring. The angel told him: ″But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.″ (Luke 1:13) You can read more details of the announcement in Luke 1. The promise was soon in process of fulfillment: ″And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,″ (Luke 1:23-24) It may not be so much that she was hiding all that time so that no one could see her but that she was hiding her state until she got to the point that if she told someone she was pregnant they would believe her because it was obvious. Remember the description of Zacharias and Elizabeth: ″And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.″ (Luke 1:7) Elizabeth wouldn’t be saying the following during the time she ″hid herself″: ″Thus hath the Lord dealt with me (by allowing a pregnancy) in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach (being barren) among men.″ (Luke 1:25) If she wanted to hide she certainly wouldn’t be announcing her pregnancy – that would have brought everyone in town to see her – and probably even a reporter from the Jerusalem Post. She would say it at the point she made her condition publicly known. It is probable that, at this same point, after the five months were over, that her condition would also have been revealed to Mary (″. thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived.″ Luke 1:36). So, after Elizabeth’s fifth month was complete, another coming birth was announced: ″And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,″ (Luke 1:26) Gabriel gave this announcement to Mary: ″And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:″ (Luke 1:31-32) Mary went to visit and her cousin Elizabeth and stayed for a time: ″And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.″ (Luke 1:39-40, 56) From the timing we have seen so far, it is likely that Mary returned home in time for Passover in the first month in her home town. It seems that she left before Elizabeth gave birth because the next verse says: ″Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.″ (Luke 1:57) Jesus was then born, at the earliest, at the end of the sixth month and quite likely somewhat into the seventh month which would be in the fall of the year – about our September-October. The reasoning above does not give us an exact date and there are too many unknown variables to be able to do that from just that information. For example:|
- Because 365 / 24 = 15.2 days, it is possible that each course of the priesthood lasted more than half a month, if not more than a month. Because Zacharias was of the eighth course, if this was the case, his responsibilities may have concluded eight days or more into the fifth month
- Zacharias could have taken many days or even several weeks to come home. Hebron (or one of the cities assigned to the priests in Joshua 21:9), located in the hill country of Judah (Luke 1:39, Josh 21:11), is approximately 20 miles from Jerusalem and approximately 500 feet higher than the city of Jerusalem. Hebron is located in a hilly area and is about 20 miles from Jerusalem. Remember, however, that he was an elderly gentleman
- a woman’s first pregnancy is generally a bit longer than expected
At the very least, we can say with certainty that it happened in the fall of the year. For the time being, the schedule would look somewhat like this:
|Approximate Time (Hebrew months)||Event|
|End of 4th month:||Elizabeth conceived (then hid herself 5 months)|
|End of 9th month:||Mary conceived (5 months after Elizabeth.) Mary went to visit Elizabeth (for 3 months)|
|End of 12th month:||Mary returns to her home (likely for Passover)|
|End of 1st month:||John is born (early the next year)|
|During 7th month:||Jesus is born|
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Which scriptures explain when Jesus Christ was born?
- However, while the Bible never specifies a specific date (including day, month, and year), there are some broad clues of the year as well as the season of the year.
- Because the apostle Paul specifically told Timothy that he already had what he needed for salvation—the Scriptures he had learned since his youth (the Old Testament), along with the added understanding of faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior—it is clear that an exact date for Christ’s birth is not required for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).
- However, let us take a look at the broad information that has been provided.
- Let’s start with the time of year and the season of the year.
- The events surrounding Christ’s birth are described in Luke 2.
- During that time period, according to verse 8, there were shepherds who were out in the fields with their sheep.
Shepherds in the Jerusalem area, according to several reports, did not continue to work in the fields following the end of the season.They’d bring the sheep inside throughout the winter months.For example, according to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus is historically accurate ″It has been suggested that Jesus was born around the summer or early fall.Because December is a chilly and wet month in Judea, it is likely that the shepherds sought refuge for their animals during the evening hours ″ (p.309).For the same reason, according to The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary, the author of this text ″opposes the birth occurring on December 25 since the weather would not have enabled″ shepherds watching over their sheep in the fields at night to take place.
- In addition, Jesus’ parents traveled to Bethlehem in order to register in the Roman census (Luke 2:1-4).
- When it came to taking a census in the midst of winter, the Romans should have known better than to do so when temperatures frequently plummeted below freezing and roads were in terrible condition for travel.
- It would have been counterproductive to conduct a census under these circumstances.
- In that chapter of Scripture, we may deduce that He was not born during at least one season, namely, during winter.
- So, did He arrive on the scene in the spring, summer, or autumn?
In this case, a prophesy from the book of Daniel is useful.Towards the close of chapter 9, a prophesy is given regarding His arrival, and verse 27 specifies a ″week″ in which He would reaffirm the covenant, but that He would put a stop to sacrifices and offerings in the middle of the week.Throughout the book of Hebrews, it is explained how Christ’s sacrifice rendered the Old Testament sacrificial system obsolete (chapters 8, 9 and 10).In prophecy, a ″week″ can represent seven years, while a ″day″ can represent a year (Numbers 14:34).As a result, we infer that His ministry lasted 3 1/2 years, with the remaining 3 1/2 years to be finished at a later date.We know that Jesus Christ was crucified around the time of Passover and that His ministry began when He was about the age of 30.
- (Luke 3:23).
- Once all of this is taken into consideration, it is most likely that He was born six months before Passover—or sometime in the fall.
- The birth of John the Baptist, who was born in the fall, lends more support to this theory, and in fact serves as a more conclusive proof of it.
- That is the story told in Luke 1.
- Abijah was a priest of the order of Abijah, and John the Baptist’s father, Zacharias, was a priest of same order.
- For much of King David’s reign, the priests were assigned to serve at various times throughout the week, beginning with the first week of the month Nisan and progressing from Sabbath to Sabbath.
During the feast seasons, they would all serve together as a group.Abijah was the seventh participant in the course (1 Chronicles 24:10).After completing the arithmetic, it becomes clear that he was serving around the beginning of June, and that he returned home to his wife, Elizabeth, about the middle of June in order for her to conceive while he was still serving.That suggests that John the Baptist was born nine months later, most likely in late March of the following year.Then, according to Luke 1:26, an angel came to Mary, telling her that she would become pregnant with her Son during Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy.
- In other words, Jesus Christ was six months younger than John the Baptist, which means He was likely born in late September, when Jerusalem was bustling with people arriving to commemorate the fall feasts, as was the case with John the Baptist.
- This might explain why Joseph and Mary were unable to find accommodation in the usual hotels or ″inns″ in the vicinity of Jerusalem (Luke 2:7).
- Now it’s time to look ahead to the year.
- This has been the topic of significant debate, but it appears that we have been able to uncover some hints once more.
- According to Luke 2:1-2, Jesus Christ was born during Caesar Augustus’ reign, at the time of the first census, while Quirinius was governor of the region.
- In addition, Matthew 2 informs us that Herod (the Great) reigned as king shortly following the birth of Christ.
- Due to the fact that Herod died somewhere about 4 or 3 B.C., and certain documents show that Quirinius was in power in 4 B.C., we assume that Christ was most likely born in late September of 4 B.C.
- Although it is impossible to pinpoint the exact date when people began celebrating Christmas on December 25, historians generally believe that it wasn’t until sometime around the fourth century that the tradition began.
- This is an incredibly late deadline.
For around 300 years after Christ’s death, Christmas was not recognized in Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire, according to historical records.Its beginnings demonstrate that it cannot be traced back to the first Christian communities on the planet.
When Jesus Was Really Born, According to the Bible
- The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is celebrated internationally on December 25, with Christians all around the world joining together to commemorate his birth.
- Many Christians and historical researchers feel that this is not the date of Jesus’ birth, based on their research into the dates, times, and historical sources.
- Another pagan holiday commemorating the winter solstice is being replaced or replaced with this one as a substitute or alternative.
- People celebrated the winter solstice with a feast known as Saturnalia, during which it was customary to present gifts and adorn their homes to commemorate the occasion.
- So, when exactly did Jesus come into the world?
- There is a considerable deal of controversy over the exact date of Christ’s birth.
Because of the constant shifting of calendars, shoddy record-keeping, and the loss of documents, it is difficult to establish particular dates.Some have relied on Scripture to guide them, while others have relied on historical documents paired with Biblical stories and cultural customs to restrict the search.According to most sources, September is the most frequently recognized month (the usual belief being that it is somewhere in the middle of September), and the year is most commonly considered to be around 3 BCE.Because B.C.(Before Christ or Before Common Era) counts backward and A.D.(Anno Domini, created by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus in the 6th century) counts forward, the calendar may make computations more difficult.
- Despite this, there is no year zero, which can cause calculations to become erroneous.
What does the Bible say about Jesus’ birth?
- There are various things spelled out in Scripture that must have occurred in order for the story to be true.
- Herod had to have been the ruler.
- Caesar Agustus, Julius Caesar’s nephew and adoptive heir, must have ordered a census, which would have taken place in the city of Rome.
- Luke 2:8 indicates that shepherds would have been out with their flocks in the pastures at night, which is impossible in the winter because of the freezing temperatures.
- Elizabeth must have been six months pregnant with John the Baptist and in her sixth month of pregnancy when Mary got pregnant with John the Baptist.
- In his visit to Mary, the angel Gabriel revealed that Elizabeth was expecting a child, which he described as ″evidence of miracles″ because of her age.
As a priest, Zechariah served his term (Luke 1:5) and belonged to the priestly division of Abijah (Luke 1:5).We know when this division served from (1 Chronicles 24:7–19), thus we may assume that Zechariah served throughout that time period.In light of this timetable and the tale of John the Baptist’s conception recorded in Luke 1, we can estimate that he was born in June or the second part of Sivan, according to the Jewish calendar, or anywhere in between (Julian calendar, lunar calendar).The Messiah’s conception and birth must have taken place in a virgin, according to the Messiah’s birth criterion (Isaiah 7:14).He must be born in the city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).When Herod ordered the execution of all male newborns under the age of two, Jesus was less than two years old (Matthew 2:16-18).
- In accordance with more current studies and knowledge, Herod died in the year 1 BCE (before Christ).
- Josephus, Herod’s official record keeper, was notoriously inaccurate, often by several years (he was not good at his job).
- Prior to this, it was believed and is still debated that Herod died in the year 4 BCE.
- In accordance with the reports of the Magi and other biblical texts, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph escaped from Bethlehem and traveled to Egypt when He was less than two years old (Matthew 2:13-23).
- The prophet Hosea predicted that Jesus would be expelled from Egypt.
According to Luke 3:23, Jesus was roughly 30 years old when he began His mission in the wilderness.During Jesus’ career, according to the Gospel of John, three Passovers were observed, which indicates that His ministry lasted three years.According to research, Jesus’ crucifixion took place on April 3, 33 A.D., around the period of the Passover festival.We may pretty confidently state that Jesus was born in the middle of September in the year 3 B.C., based on all of the Scriptures and historical evidence available.
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?
- In part, it is thought that this is the day on which the Magi visited the newborn Jesus and presented him with the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and some support for this assumption may be provided by Rick Larson’s Star of Bethlehem.
- However, there is no evidence to support this assumption.
- However, in the year 336, the Roman emperor Constantine designated December 25 as the day for commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, replacing Mithra, the Indo-European deity of light, as the day for honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
- It was the latter who was gaining popularity among Roman troops at the time.
- It is unclear whether or not Constantine was aware of the possible importance of the date between that of the Magi’s visit to the newborn Jesus and their presentation of good gifts, or whether we were merely competing with pagan holidays at the time.
- Before December 25, 336 A.D., there was no widespread celebration of Jesus’ birth (Anno Domini).
The Roman Emperor Constantine is therefore formally accountable for the way and why we commemorate Christ’s birth on Christmas Day, as well as the reason why it is a Christian holiday.
Why is the date of Herod’s death necessary?
- When attempting to determine the date of Jesus’ birth, knowing the date of King Herod’s death is critical because of all of the events that took place during that time period, including what Luke reported as the age at which Jesus began his ministry and the date at which Jesus died.
- According to this scenario, if Herod died in 4 BC, Jesus would have been born at the very least in 5 or 6 BC, possibly even 7 BC, in order to correspond with the information the Magi provided to Herod and his decree to kill all male babies under the age of two in order to ensure the Messiah was killed.
- Massacre of the Innocents was the name given to this tragic occurrence.
- It is thought that between 12 and 20 infant boys were slain on that particular day, but Josephus did not record it because, according to legend, ″so few perished″ that it was not worth mentioning.
- This provides you an idea of just how evil Herod ″the Great″ was, and how much the Roman world detested the Jewish people, in comparison to other nations.
- With a feast named Holy Innocents Day, some Orthodox Christians observe the day on December 28 for Western churches and December 29 for Eastern churches on December 28 and 29, respectively.
As a result, the assumption that we commemorate the birth of Christ on December 25 is more credible, maybe because the Magi presented presents to Jesus only a few days before the massacre is given more credence as well.Apparently, after Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and his family once again, telling them that it was safe to return home since ″those who were attempting to kill him are now dead.″ This is according to the Gospel of Matthew.It is thought that this time period ranged from a few months to as much as two years in length.If we go up to the 2-year threshold, this would have placed Jesus between 3 and 5 years after the birth of Christ in 4 B.C.As a result of this time, Jesus would have been about 40 years old when he was killed, which would throw Luke’s account of Christ Jesus’ age when he began his ministry completely out of whack.
Why is the age of Christ when he started his ministry important?
- It’s significant because it corresponds to what was written down in the Bible.
- According to Numbers 4:3, a priest must be at least 30 years old in order to assume the senior position of priest.
- In addition, it is frequently stated in the Code of Jewish Law that leaders should be at least 30 years old before taking on their positions.
- Furthermore, according to Luke 3:23, Jesus was around 30 years old.
- Furthermore, when Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding of Cana, where he changed water into wine at his mother’s request, he hesitated to inform her that ″it was not yet time.″ Traditionally, Jewish weddings are done in the spring and summer months because they do not interfere with any important festivals and because flowers are in bloom at this time of year.
- The month of September is widely accepted as Jesus’ birth month.
The fact that he hesitated may have been related to the timing of the situation.It’s possible that Jesus was 29 at the time.Despite the fact that there is no hard proof to support this assertion, it does make sense in light of the other information we have gathered.
Why doesn’t the Bible give the date of Jesus’ birth?
- Aside from the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, which are held at the ages of 13 for boys and 12 for girls, birthdays are a major occasion in Jewish culture.
- Because Jesus’ birthday was not a conventional celebration, it’s likely that he didn’t share much information with his disciples about it or have birthday parties.
- As a result of Luke’s mother’s death at the time of his hiring, the only person who would have known the date of his birth was the guy who recruited him when Luke was charged with interviewing eyewitness stories of his life for the man who had hired him.
- It is estimated that Luke’s narrative was written between 63 and 68 A.D., around 30 to 35 years after Christ’s crucifixion.
- He had other firsthand experiences of other incidents in Christ’s life and teachings, which he shared with others.
Does the exact date of Christ’s birth matter?
- What counts is that He was born of a virgin, lived a flawless and sinless life, and then gave Himself up for us, dying on the cross and rising from the dead three days later, ensuring that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life with Him in paradise.
- The fact that we may have debates and do research is excellent, but we must never lose sight of what is actually essential, which is the cause for Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection.
Jesus’ Birthday – December 25
- Who was Jesus Christ, and why is December 25 honored as a major holiday around the world, regardless of geography, political affiliation, or religious affiliation?
- Interestingly, while Jesus is predominantly linked with Christianity in the Western world, he is also regarded as a prominent figure by other religions.
- As we celebrate this intriguing, complex, and occasionally contentious man’s life on his birthday, we invite you to learn more about him.
Jesus’ Birthday timeline
- The birth of Jesus takes place in the year C.
- 4 AD.
- Jesus was born in Nazareth, in the Galilee area of Israel, during the reign of Herod the Great, and grew up in Nazareth with his parents.
- Jesus was baptized and officially began his ministry in the year 26 AD.
- When Jesus was 30 years old, he came into contact with John the Baptist, who recognized Jesus as the Son of God and baptized him in the name of the Father.
- The Transfiguration of Jesus took place around the year 27 AD.
After ascending to the summit of a high mountain to pray, Jesus’ face began to glow, and soon his entire body was bathed in a brilliant white light.Around the year 28 AD, the Romans built a new city on the site of an old one.Jesus landed in the city of Jerusalem.Not long after the transfiguration, Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem, where he was greeted by throngs of people who proclaimed him to be the Son of the Living God.The Last Supper took place around the year 29 AD.In the moments before his arrest and almost certain execution, Jesus assembled his disciples for one more dinner, spoke his final words of faith to his friends and followers, and informed them that he was aware of one of them having betrayed him (Matthew 26:53).
How to Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday
Celebrate as a religious observance
- Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas Day with a broad range of traditions, the majority of which feature reenactments of the Nativity scene, which depicts Jesus’ poor beginnings.
- Caroling and Handel’s Messiah oratorio are among the highlights of the Christmas season, which ranges from simple carols to magnificent performances of Handel’s oratorio.
- Many Christian families make it an annual habit to attend a midnight church service on Christmas Eve, complete with candles and carols.
Celebrate as a winter nature and music festival
- When it comes to Christmas, the tradition of using a Christmas tree, mistletoe, and other plants that are linked with the festival dates back to pagan rites that became incorporated into religious observance since December 25th coincided with the winter solstice.
- Christmas lights have replaced candles as the modern equivalent.
- The number of Christmas music available is growing all the time, and they range from jazz to rap.
Celebrate as an occasion for joyful giving
- The tradition of exchanging gifts has evolved into a significant feature of the holiday season.
- This year, perhaps we might consider simplifying the gift-giving process by considering how we can offer something of ourselves as a present to someone else.
- Simply baking gluten-free sweets for a friend who has food allergies, locating a book for your spouse who has been yearning to read, or writing a genuine message of thanks to a family member may all count as acts of kindness.
- Making charitable contributions from a place of gratitude and plenty rather than out of obligation or pressure is the secret to happy giving.
3 Little-known Facts About Jesus Christ
Christ is not Jesus’ last name
The name ″Christ″ refers to a title or office rather than a given name, and it is derived from the Hebrew word for ″anointed,″ which is transliterated into English as ″Messiah.″ The name ″Christ″ is derived from the Hebrew word for ″anointed,″ and it is transliterated into English as ″Messiah.″
Jesus was part of a big family
A number of Jesus’ siblings have been identified, including brothers James, Joses (or Joseph), Judas and Simon, as well as at least three females whose names have not been recorded.
Some non-Christian religions also recognize Jesus
According to Islam, for example, Jesus (often transliterated as Isa) is revered as one of God’s most prominent prophets, as well as a bringer of scriptures and as the promised Messiah. Islam, on the other hand, does not regard him as the Son of God, as Christians do.
Jesus’ Birthday dates
Christmas: 5 Bible verses on the birth of Jesus Christ
Here are a few Bible scriptures that speak about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the entire purpose for the holiday season.
Its that time of the year again, where millions of people across the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
- Unfortunately, many get carried away with Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, the crib, the decorations, and the sharing of presents, rather than concentrating on the true meaning of the season.
- We are fortunate in that Pulse is here to remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season.
- Here are five passages from the Bible that speak about the birth of the Son of God.
- Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Secondly, John 1:29 – Behold, the Lamb of God, who wipes away all sin from the earth!
3.John 1:9-10 – The genuine light, which shines in the darkness and brings light to everyone, was about to enter the world.He was present in the world, and the world was created as a result of his presence.4.Matthew 1:21 – And she shall bear a son, and thou shalt name him Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins: for he shall come to rescue them.5.
- Matthew 2:1-2 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ″Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?″ (Matthew 2:12 – Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?
- We have come to worship him because we have seen his star in the east and have followed it.
- Here are some inspirational Christmas quotes from well-known individuals, including Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church.
- Every present, no matter how insignificant it appears to be, is in actuality a wonderful gift if it is offered with respect.
— Pindar, an ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes who lived in the fifth century BCE It is the true spirit of Christmas to preserve peace and goodwill while being abundant in mercy, according to Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.The season of Christmas is a tonic for our spirits.It encourages us to think about others rather than ourselves while we are in this state.It turns our attention on the act of giving.— BC Forbes, a Scottish-born American financial writer who lives in New York.4.
- Nothing compares to the feeling of relief that comes after Christmas, when one has been forgiven for everything and can return to normalcy.
- Tove Jansson is a Swedish singer-songwriter.
- Christmas is a time of joy, religious joy, an inner delight filled with light and serenity, and a time of giving.
- – The Holy Father, Pope Francis
Modern nativity plays show Jesus was born on Christmas Day – but is this true?
Despite current custom, there is no particular season or date for the birth of Jesus Christ. His birthday is celebrated on December 25th. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock) For millions of people all across the world, Christmas Day is a particularly memorable occasion.
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It has also been connected with the birth of Jesus Christ throughout history, but is this a correct association? Here, we take a look back at the exact time when Jesus Christ was born in the flesh.
When was Jesus actually born?
- The Christian gospels do not purport to provide a chronological account of the life and times of Jesus Christ, the son of God, nor do they profess to do so.
- Early Christian texts are instead devoted to theological works that may be compared to other historical records.
- As a result, the date of Jesus’ birth is not clearly mentioned.
- It is generally agreed that Jesus’ birth, baptism, and crucifixion occurred between 6BC (Before Christ) and 4BC by most academics, with even more agreeing on his existence, baptism, and crucifixion.
- This time range is derived from a variety of reasons, including the reign of King Herod and a mention that he began preaching ″approximately 30 years″ after his death, which corresponds to roughly AD (After Death) 27-29.
Why did Jesus’s birth become associated with 25 December?
- Despite current custom, there is no particular season or date for the birth of Jesus Christ.
- His birthday is celebrated on December 25th.
- Nonetheless, because of its proximity to the winter solstice, the 25th of December has long been identified with the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Following several months of decreasing sunshine hours, the winter solstice marks the moment in the year when sunlight hours begin to increase once more, giving rise to the concept of ″longer days.″ The occasion has symbolic religious importance for Christians, who consider it as a representation of the Light of Christ shining into the world amid the darkest of days, as Christians believe.
What is the modern day story of Jesus’s birth?
- In contemporary legends, such as nativity plays, Jesus was born in Bethlehem to his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph.
- It occurs after Mary has a visit from the Angel Gabriel, who informs her that God is sending his son to Earth to save mankind.
- While traveling from their homes in Nazareth, Mary and her husband Joseph encountered difficulties when they arrived in Bethlehem and were told there was no space at the Inn.
- It turned out well for Joseph and his pregnant wife, who were able to find temporary shelter in a stable for the night.
- That same night, Jesus was born in a stable surrounded by animals.
- Shepherds in the area reported seeing a brilliant star over Bethlehem.
An angel appeared to them in the middle of the night to inform them that the Son of God had been born and to pay a visit to Jesus in the manger.Three kings also noticed the brilliant star and followed it, believing it to be a sign that a new monarch was about to be born.After visiting King Herod, who reigned over Bethlehem, it became evident that he was not the biological father.Herod, who considered himself to be the king of kings, was worried by the news of Jesus’ birth and requested the three kings to locate him for him.The three kings prostrated themselves before Jesus and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.The following night, an angel appeared to them and cautioned them not to inform King Herod where Jesus was hiding.
- Herod became more concerned that he was about to be deposed and ordered soldiers to slaughter all infant boys.
- Egypt was chosen as a safe haven for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus because they knew they would be safe from Herod there.
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What was the real date of Jesus’ birth?
- Since the early twentieth century, many Mormons have believed that they had discovered the precise date of the first Christmas celebration.
- An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints named James E.
- Talmage declared in a book titled ″Jesus the Christ″ (1915) that ″We believe that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea on April 6, B.C.
- 1,″ and that ″Jesus Christ was crucified in Bethlehem of Judea.″ Elder Talmage did not come up with this date on the spur of the moment.
- His inspiration for the phrase came from Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which is a series of revelations received primarily through the Mormon founding prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.
- As a result of his book, many Mormons, from church officials to members of the congregation, now acknowledge April 6 as the true date of Jesus’ birth.
Although Elder Talmage’s reading of Doctrine and Covenants 20 was widely accepted, not every member of the LDS Church did.Jeffrey R.Chadwick, an associate professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, published an article in the latest issue of BYU Studies on ″Dating the Birth of Jesus Christ″ in which he challenges the popular but not universal Mormon dating of Jesus’ birth to April 6, which is contested by many Christians.And he’s in good company to boot.President J.Reuben Clark Jr., a counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, wrote in 1954 that Christ was born in December of 5 B.C.
- or early 4 B.C., according to the LDS Church.
- Elder Bruce R.
- McConkie, who was also an apostle at the time, preferred the date of December 5, B.C., as well as several dates in 4 B.C.
- The date of April 6 is derived from the day on which the LDS Church was first formed in 1830, which is April 6.
- ″The rise of The Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it (the church) being regularly organized and established in accordance with the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April,″ says the first verse of D&C 20.
Some people, including Elder Talmage, have read this verse as if it is the Lord speaking and revealing precisely that Christ was born on April 6, 1830, and that the revelation was given on that day.Steven C.Harper, an assistant professor of church history at Brigham Young University and a volume editor of the Joseph Smith Papers, said in a phone interview that this is a common interpretation of the verse.The discovery of a previously unknown D&C 20 manuscript, however, revealed that the verse was actually an introductory head note written by early church historian and scribe John Whitmer — something Whitmer did for many of the revelations, according to Harper — rather than a verse in the book of Mormon.″As a result, they are distinct from the scriptures that Joseph generates by revelation.″ Another interesting point to note about the paper, which was disclosed as part of the Joseph Smith Papers, is that the revelation was delivered on April 10 – not April 6.Accordingly, despite the fact that it refers to the organization of the church just a few days earlier, the revelation — which, according to Harper, has nothing to do with the birth date of Christ — and its introductory verses ″shouldn’t be read as if it is a revelation of the birth date of Jesus Christ,″ he added.
- ″It is a revelation of the birth date of Jesus Christ.″ This is all I’m going to say about it: ″The interpretation that has been the most accepted throughout time is very much up to criticism.″ And this wasn’t the first time that John Whitmer used a phrase like this to refer to a particular day in history.
- ″It is now June the twelfth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one years after the arrival of our Lord and Savior in the flesh,″ he wrote at another point in his writing career.
- This style of terminology, in other words, was simply a sophisticated 19th-century means of expressing the date.
- If one adopts the interpretation of the verse in D&C 20 given by Chadwick, Harper, Elder McConkie, and President Clark, when did Jesus Christ come into the world?
- When it comes to the date of Jesus’ birth, Chadwick’s article goes into great length about the different indicators that the Bible and the Book of Mormon provide.
- The death of King Herod the Great appears to be the single most important piece of evidence.
According to the Bible, Jesus was born before Herod’s death.According to Chadwick, Herod’s death was recorded as occurring around the end of March or the beginning of April in 4 B.C.In addition to the reference of a lunar eclipse occurring before Herod’s death, the date on which his son was ousted by Caesar Augustus both validate this date.Both of those predetermined occurrences came together to confirm Herod’s demise in a seamless manner.It goes without saying that if Herod was killed in 4 B.C., a Christ birthdate in 1 B.C.
- seems implausible.
- So, since Jesus had to be born before April 4, B.C., is it possible to reduce the time frame even further?
- For pages and pages, Chadwick’s work in BYU Studies uses set dates to estimate other dates, and it is a fascinating read.
- As an example, he examined the time of Jesus’ death in detail, comparing it to the length of Jesus’ life as recorded in the Book of Mormon, and factoring in events such as Jesus’ circumcision, which took place eight days after his birth, Mary’s 40-day ritual purification, the visit of wise men from the east, and a two-week journey to Egypt into the equation.
- As a result of all of these occurrences, ″at the very least, Jesus would have had to be born eight weeks before Herod’s death, which occurred at the beginning of April (4 B.C.).″ Chadwick then considers the Annunciation to Mary, in which she is informed that she will bear a son called Jesus.
- Luke 1:26 places this incident within the sixth month, which corresponded to the period between mid-to-late February and mid-to-late March at the time.
- What month was it in 5 B.C.?
- Add nine months to the end.
- The evidence from the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and Josephus’ history, together with input from archaeological and astronomical studies, all lead to a day in December of 5 B.C.
(late in the Jewish month of Kislev) as the date of Jesus’ birth, according to Chadwick.As a result, it is possible that the true date of Christmas was on December 25, as previously believed.As Chadwick stated, ″it is just as likely that Jesus was born on the calendar day we call Dec.25 as it is that he was born on any other date in the few weeks preceding or after that date.″ In those December weeks that we now call to as the Christmas season, ″his birth took place.″ [email protected] is the e-mail address.
What history really tells us about the birth of Jesus
- It’s possible that I’m going to destroy your Christmas.
- However, the fact is that those nativity performances in which your darling children are decked out in tinsel and angel wings bear little similarity to what truly occurred.
- This is also true of the typical Christmas card, which depicts a calm nativity scene.
- Traditions are collections of diverse narratives that represent a later Christian piety, and they are classified as such.
- So, what really transpired at that fabled ″first Christmas″ celebration?
First and foremost, Jesus’ real birthday did not fall on December 25th.The Christian church designated the day we commemorate as Christ’s birthday in the fourth century, and it has been celebrated ever since.Prior to this time period, Christians celebrated Christmas on a variety of various dates depending on their denomination.Contrary to common perception, which holds that Christians merely adopted a pagan celebration, historian Andrew McGowan thinks that the date was chosen because it was associated with Jesus’ crucifixion in the thoughts of ancient theologians.They believed that connecting Jesus’ conception with his death nine months before his death on December 25 was critical to emphasizing redemption.
- Only two of the four gospels in the Bible make mention of Jesus’ conception.
- The tale of the angel Gabriel coming to Mary, the couple’s travel to Bethlehem in order to take part in a census, and the shepherds’ visit are all told in detail by Luke.
- With the Magnificat, her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, her personal meditation on the events, dozens of angels, and the infamous inn with no room among other things, this film is an absolute must-see for everyone who loves Mary.
- There is a long-standing misconception about the inn with ″no space″ in the Christmas tale, and this is one of the most common examples.
- According to ACU scholar Stephen Carlson, the term ″kataluma″ (which is typically rendered as ″inn″) indicates to a place where guests can stay.
- Joseph and Mary most likely stayed with family, but the guest room was too tiny for a delivery, and as a result, Mary gave birth in the main room of the home, which also happened to be where animal mangers were located.
Since of this, Luke 2:7 might be translated as ″She gave birth to her eldest son, swaddled him, and lay him in the feeding trough because they couldn’t fit them all in their guest room.″
The wise men
- The account of Mary’s pregnancy is told in a similar way in Matthew’s gospel, albeit from a somewhat different perspective.
- When the angel visits to Joseph this time, he is informed that his fiancée Mary is pregnant, but that he must still marry her since it is part of God’s plan for him.
- Shepherds come to see Jesus as a symbol of his significance to common people, as Luke does, but the magi (wise men) from the east deliver Jesus royal presents, as Matthew does.
- There were most likely not three magi present, and they were certainly not kings.
- In reality, there is no mention of how many magi there were; there may have been as few as two or as many as twenty.
- The number three is derived from the mention of three gifts — gold, frankincense, and myrrh – during the Christmas season.
A noteworthy distinction is that the magi visit Jesus at his home, rather than an inn or stable, and that their visit occurs up to two years after the birth of Jesus.Matthew 2:16 is a historical document.In response to the magi’s report that Jesus was two years old, King Herod issued orders to murder infant boys under the age of two years old.Because of this delay, most Christian churches commemorate the visit of the magi on the feast of ″Epiphany,″ which falls on January 6.Mary riding a donkey and the animals gathered around the infant Jesus are conspicuously omitted from these biblical tales, which is a shame.As early as the fourth century AD, animals started to feature in nativity scenes, probably as a result of biblical commentators using Isaiah 3 as part of their anti-Jewish rhetoric, claiming that animals comprehended the significance of Jesus in a way that Jews did not.
- In gathering around a crib or creating a Nativity scene in their homes, Christians are continuing a custom that began in the 12th century with Francis of Assisi and has continued until this day.
- He brought a crib and animals into the chapel so that everyone attending might feel like they were a part of the narrative.
- As a result, a popular pietistic tradition was established.
- Later art depicting the adoring of the newborn Jesus reveals a devotional spirituality that is akin to the earlier art.
A radical Christmas
- So, when we strip the narrative down to its biblical and historical essence, removing the stable, the animals, the cherub-like angels, and even the inn, what do we have left?
- We have nothing.
- The historical Jesus was born into a Jewish family that was forced to live under a foreign rule.
- In his early years, he was born into an extended family that had moved away from home, and his family had fled from a monarch who had wanted to assassinate him due to his political significance.
- In its historical context, the story of Jesus is one of human fear and heavenly mercy, of human abuse and divine love, and of human abuse and divine love.
- According to the tale, God became human in the guise of a weak, impoverished, and dislocated person in order to expose the injustice of despotic rule.
There is nothing wrong with the devotional piety of Christian tradition; but, a white-washed nativity tableau risks overlooking the most revolutionary components of the Christmas tale.The Jesus of the Bible had more in common with the children of refugees born on Nauru than he did with the vast majority of Australian churchgoers, according to the Bible.He, too, was a brown-skinned infant whose Middle-Eastern family had been forced to flee their home as a result of terror and political unrest.Christmas is a celebration of God becoming human as a gift of love, according to the Christian religion.One way to take pleasure in this gift is to watch lovely, if not historically accurate, nativity performances and take pleasure in all the other delights of the season.The meaning of the Christmas narrative is completely missed if we nostalgically fixate on one newborn while disregarding the many infants that suffer across the world as a result of politics, religion, and poverty.